Sessional workers – a mini guide
One of the most popular requests to Awards for All is for sessional workers. This can help deliver a project or service to an applicant. To let you know what we can consider, this blog will explain all things sessional.
What is the definition of a sessional worker?
A sessional worker is defined as a person not employed under a contract of employment. He/she is paid for undertaking work or a service on the basis of an agreed range of hours to be worked. This has to be within a specified period, or on an ad hoc arrangement to meet varying need.
Are sessional workers subject to conditions applicable to an employee?
They are not subject to these. Therefore, a sessional worker’s arrangement will:
- Impose no obligation on the service to offer work or on the individual to accept work offered.
- Not be subject to normal line management responsibilities. This includes performance management procedures; staff discipline arrangements or sick absence/attendance policy.
- Allow the individual to work or provide services for other employers and to send a substitute if they wish (subject to meeting any necessary checks).
Is anything else needed?
When a sessional worker is the best option for an organisation, it is still necessary to have provision of services. This is some sort of agreement around the organisation’s standard terms and conditions, for example, health and safety.
More information on applying to Awards for All can be found here.
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